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Prepare yourself for Doctoral Studies

  • Sunday 15 July 2018 to Saturday 28 July 2018
  • Closing date for applications is 25 May 2018. Places limited so book early!
  • Fee: £1,600 inclusive of tuition, accommodation, meals and visits
  • Early Bird Fee: £1500 (book before 31 March 2018)

UWS’s International Science and Sport Research Summer School will provide you a unique opportunity to prepare yourself for postgraduate research. The Summer School combines world class, multidisciplinary, applied research in Science and Sport with outstanding resources and an innovative approach, for a unique experience.

This experience will allow you to find out more about the subject you love, prepare a completed application for admission to a postgraduate research programme at UWS, develop new skills, enhance your employability prospects, make new friends and expand your view of the world.

What'll I get out of the Summer School?

Well, by attending the summer school you’ll take part in a range of activities with like-minded, future researchers, which will support you prepare for doctoral (PhD) study and worldwide research opportunities, including exposure to world-class experts and state-of-the-art resources and structured sessions and workshops on:

  • Writing a research proposal
  • Resources searching and research data management
  • Funding and finance
  • Interview skills
  • Legal issues in research
  • Enterprise

From this, you will get a:

  • detailed training on how to create a suitable / successful MRes/MPhil/PhD proposal
  • detailed understanding of the PhD process in the UK
  • fully completed application to UWS for a research degree
  • study offer for a research degree (MRes/MPhil/PhD) at UWS*
  • certificate of attendance

*subject to project availability and meeting the required academic entry and English language requirements.

UWS Research & Enterprise Guide

Although UWS is a modern enterprising university, its roots span 120 years with a strong tradition of practicality and relevance. Utilising cutting edge facilities, specialist knowledge and world-leading and internationally excellent expertise, our research has real-world impact and we are at the forefront in the search for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

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Research in the School of Science & Sport

All research in the School is coordinated through the Institute for Clinical Exercise and Health Science (ICEHS) and the Institute for Biomedical and Environmental Science (IBEHR) which are internationally recognised and were rated as producing world-leading and internationally excellent research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.  Research is currently aligned to the following centres and groups:

Centre for Musculoskeletal Science

The Centre for Musculoskeletal Science brings together wide-ranging biomedical and physiology expertise with clinical and enterprise links to focus on key global societal health challenges including arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). With expertise in inflammatory pathways and immunology, PAR receptors, vascular function,  in vivo disease models, tissue remodelling, microcomputed tomography, cellular signalling and gene regulation, the centre is a key player in national and international funded research partnerships e.g. Arthritis Research UK Programme (£1.2M) A major collaborative research programme to investigate protease activated receptor 2 (PAR2) roles in osteoarthritis; BREATH: Border and Regions Airways Training Hub (€7.7M) – A cross-border, collaborative EU-funded doctoral training programme focussed on COPD research.

Centre for Environmental Research

The Centre for Environmental Research is actively involved in research, enterprise and engagement in the areas of sustainability and environmental research and management. With expertise in aquaculture and fish health and welfare, waste and waste water treatment (municipal and industrial), waste management, sustainable mining practices (including hydraulic fracturing or fracking) soil quality and health, urban environments and climate change, staff are actively involved in externally funded research with national and international partners and industry (e.g. Stemcor, Arcelor Mittal, Tata, EU commission, NATO, British Council, MARS, DEFRA, WRAP, Hydroklear Services, NERC).

Physical and Mathematical Sciences Research Group

The Group’s research is multifaceted, interdisciplinary and highly collaborative, contributing towards pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental, materials and formulation science, with strong links to engineering, physics and healthcare. Group activity is underpinned through established industrial links (e.g. Sudarshan, BASF, Polaroid, PBS, Clariant AG, GMI/WEEE Scotland) and external funding (EPSRC, Innovate UK, OGIC, Royal Society). Current research in physical sciences includes development of π-conjugated materials for advanced high performance optical and optoelectronic applications, synthesis, characterisation and functionalisation of biomaterials, natural materials, nanomaterials and responsive polymers for medical and industrial applications and the isolation and structure elucidation of bioactive marine and terrestrial-derived microbial natural products. Mathematics and theoretical research includes modelling of physical and biological processes such as liquid crystal devices for displays and sensors, novel ultrasonic devices, heat flow in novel welding techniques, nutrient flow in fish and amphibian egg masses and mathematical ecology.

Infection and Microbiology Group

Research activity encompasses a number of areas spanning medical and environmental applications. These include host-pathogen interactions, new medicines for neglected and tropical diseases, diagnostics, reproductive immunology, medical devices for cell manipulation. Staff are also research at the interface between the environment and human and animal health, specifically studying infectious disease transmission and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Many projects include collaborators from both the Health Service and Industry and are impact driven.  For example, research on pathogenic free-living amoebae involves collaborating with ophthalmologists and the eyecare industry to discover new effective medicines for the sight-threatening pathogen, Acanthamoeba. Research with the aquaculture industry is investigating Paramoeba, which causes amoebic gill disease and a huge economic burden to many countries.

Clinical Exercise, Nutrition and Environment Research Group

The Clinical Exercise, Nutrition and Environment Research Group has a breadth of research expertise which focuses on the health effects of physical activity.  Staff are currently involved in a variety of projects including: the development and evaluation of school based interventions to increase childhood physical activity and to reduce obesity; work with industry to develop digital health platforms to improve patient treatment (government funded); industry funded projects assessing the interaction between the human micro-biome and dietary nitrate supplementation; studies on the role of small molecules produced by the gut microbiome in human health; ultrasound assessment of cardiac and vascular function both in elderly and paediatric populations; and the use of exercise as a treatment option in clinical populations such as in patients with multiple sclerosis (government funded).  The team also includes qualified physiotherapists and a biomechanist who have research interests in rehabilitation, and biomechanics evaluation of performance both in sports performance and health contexts.

Sport, Education and Society Group

The Group’s research explores the development and delivery of sport from participation to performance, through the key themes of gender and equality, community sport and physical activity, applied sport performance, and coach education and practitioner development.  The team has a broad range of expertise across the fields of sport psychology, sociology, physical activity, management, pedagogy, coaching education and practice, tourism, and development pathways.  Current projects include work in women’s boxing, walking football, masculinity and bodybuilders, curling and communities, falls prevention, use of fitness apps, sport psychologist training and development, coaching philosophies and development, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning in football.


The Summer School is particularly suitable for home and international students and industry professionals with suitable qualifications for entry to PhD studies in the United Kingdom.

In order to be eligible for our summer school you should:

  • have completed undergraduate study at honours level (or equivalent)
  • a minimum language requirement is preferred but not essential (i.e. international students should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above (with no less than 6.0)in each skill)

How to Apply

Please click here to apply. All fields marked with ‘*’ must be completed and you must upload the following documents:

  • Official transcript from your home university (in English)
  • Official degree certificate (in English)
  • Statement of support (200-word outline of the key reasons for applying for the West of ScotlandScience and Sport Research Summer School)
  • English language certificate and scores (non-native speakers only from outside of European Union) if available

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If you are applying from and living outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you can apply for a short-term study visa for the International Science & Sport Research Summer School. Make sure you check the immigration requirements before applying (click here for more details on short-term study visas to the UK).

Summer School Itinerary 2018

The UWS International Science & Sport Research Summer School is designed to allow everyone to feel comfortable from the start. Social events, field trips and confidence building activities support the academic  work with world-class experts, using some of the most advanced and unique resources, preparing you for the research opportunities worldwide. For some activities you be allocated to a discipline specific group.

Summer School Planned Itinerary

Sun 15 July

  • Arrival

Mon 16 July

  • A.M. Welcome, induction to UWS, campus tour
  • P.M. Research in the School of Science and Sport

Tue 17 July

  • All day: Meetings with research leads and current students

Wed 18 July

  • A.M. Managing self, supervisor and time (student’s view)
  • P.M. Excursion

Thu 19 July

  • AM: Discipline/ research pillar specific activities
  • PM: Resource searching and data management

Fri 20 July

  • AM: Introduction to research methods and analytical tools
  • PM: The application process

Sat 21 July

  • Excursion

Sun 22 July

  • Free day

Mon 23 July

  • All day: How to write a research proposal and writing workshop

Tue 24 July

  • AM: Interview and presentation skills
  • PM: Proposal writing and interview preparation time

Wed 25 July

  • AM: Surviving your PhD - funding and finance; legal issues in research
  • PM: Excursion

Thu 26 July

  • AM: Interview and proposal feedback
  • PM: Enterprise Bootcamp

Fri 27 July

  • Celebration  and presentation of certificates

Sat 28 July

  • Departure

Science & Sport Research Summer School Brochure

UWS’s International Science and Sport Research Summer School will provide you with a unique opportunity to prepare for a career as a postgraduate researcher. By combining world class, multidisciplinary, applied research in Science and Sport with outstanding resources, you will be in a position to write a compelling research proposal which will alllow you to commence your research career and apply to commence studies on MRes/MPhil/PhD degrees.

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Last updated: 05/02/2018